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Re: Strangeness when binary executable overwritten by text -- bug or feature?




On Wednesday 31 October 2018 10:39:17 Gene Heskett wrote:

> On Wednesday 31 October 2018 10:31:40 Reco wrote:
> > 	Hi.
> >
> > On Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 09:29:52AM -0500, Richard Owlett wrote:
> > > On 10/31/2018 09:18 AM, Curt wrote:
> > > > On 2018-10-31, Richard Owlett <rowlett@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > > > Debian 9.1 with MATE installed from DVD set.
> > > > >
> > > > > Due a non-reproducible sequence of events, a binary executable
> > > > > was over written by the contents of a man page in pure text
> > > > > format. For unknown reason, the resulting file was tagged as
> > > > > executable.
> > > >
> > > > I want to predict immediately that this can of worms will
> > > > produce the longest thread in the history of debian user.
>
> And will follow that rule about opening a can of worms will also
> immediately at least double the size of the can to put them back into.

Correction inserted above, this keyboard is a great keyboard around messy 
machinery, but it silently shifts from insert to overwrite mode entirely 
too easily with my short, somewhat fat fingers trying to type rapidly on 
it. So adjacent keys get pushed which apparently interpreted as the 
magic twanger that controls that particular function.

> > > ONLY if members of this group can't or wont read.
> > > I believe I rigorously complied with
> > > [http://www.catb.org/esr/faqs/smart-questions.html]
> >
> > 'smartctl -a /dev/sda' output would be nice, but I won't insist on
> > it.

I will. Show us Richard.

> > Reco



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